Learning to Give, Philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement

Newborn and Child Survival (6-8)
Unit of 3 lessons

Unit Purpose:

Students identify the mission of Save the Children and write about the need for saving children around the world. They read and discuss children's right to access to health as required by the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child. They view resources about the health workers who are saving children's lives across the world, and students work in small groups to research and report on five featured countries. They learn that they can support these health workers by choosing a service project to take action for children's health.

Follow this Link to the Elementary Level Unit: Save the Children's Newborn and Child Survival Campaign  

Unit Duration:

Five or Six 45-Minute Class Periods, Plus time for research, preparing a brief group presentation, and planning and carrying out a service project.

Unit Objectives:

The learner will: 

  • define human rights.
  • read and discuss children's right to access to health as required by the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • define philanthropy as giving time, talent, or treasure for the common good.
  • write a paragraph about a personal goal for taking action.
  •  view and reflect on a video about health workers in five poor countries.
  • research and report on one of five countries.
  • take notes on each of the five countries reported.
  • reflect on ways to share time and talent to help children in the poorest countries.
  • select a service-learning project.
  • follow the service-learning action plan to carry out and reflect on their service.

Service Experience:

Although lessons in this unit contain service project examples, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.

Students choose how they want to take action to help reduce child mortality in the world's poorest countries. They may choose from ideas here or come up with their own. The time of year and availability of programs may help determine the project (See Save the Children projects by date below).

Knit a cap; advocate for using reusable water bottles and reducing water usage; raise funds for a specific cause related to child health; write letters to the president to ask for more money to be spent on children's health and hunger in developing countries; host an event to raise awareness or work on a project (such as knitting caps); inform the local media about the class's efforts (and increase the impact of the project).

  • Caps for Good ( November 2010 to February28, 2011)
  • Advocacy Day (March 1-2)
  • World Water Day (March 22)
  • World Malaria Day (April 25)
  • Mothers' Day (May 8)
  • World Food Day (October 16)
  • World Pneumonia Day (November 12)
  • World Toilet DAy (November 16)
  • Holiday Giving Season (December)

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State Curriculum and Philanthropy Theme Frameworks:

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